United Nations Peace Operations in a Changing Global Order edited by  Cedric de Coning and Peter Mateja (Palgrave MacMillan, 2018).

Chapter 3: Adriana Erthal Abdenur UN peacekeeping in a multipolar world order: Norms, role expectations, and leadership”

UN peacekeeping in a multipolar world order: Norms, role expectations, and leadership

The multipolarisation of the world order is accelerating; while established Western powers are in decline, whether due to policy decisions or lack of cohesion, several rising powers both contest Western dominance and actively promote multipolarisation. What are the implications of multipolarisation for UN peacekeeping? Abdenur examines two inter-related dimensions: norms-setting and role expectations. Uncertainties about global leadership and constraints on resources prompt changing expectations of, and concern about, rising powers, especially those viewed as playing a pivotal role in UN security governance. This chapter highlights China as a potential leader in UN peacekeeping, but contends that Beijing’s willingness and ability to quickly expand its influence should not be taken for granted.

About the Author
Adriana Erthal Abdenur Adriana Erthal Abdenur (PhD Princeton, AB Harvard) coordinates the International Peace & Security division at Igarapé Institute, a think and do tank in Rio de Janeiro. Her research focuses on the role of rising powers, especially Brazil and China, in international relations and development. Recent publications include articles in the journals Third World Quarterly, Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, IDS Bulletin, Africa Review, and Revista Brasileira de Política Internacional, as well as policy papers for the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Center (NOREF), the Wilson Center, NUPI, and Chr. Michelsen Institute.